Treatments -La Roche Posay - Effaclar Pore-Refining Anti-Aging Serum
Lynsi01 5/8/2013 9:28:00 PM
Bought this along with the cleanser. The first two weeks I used it AM and PM, and now I just use in the AM. First few times it did burn a bit when I applied, and I did experience some purging. Less than a month later, my skin is practically crystal clear. My pores are WAY smaller, and I'm less oily. I'm amazed. I will gladly repurchase!!!
Cleansers -La Roche Posay - Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser
Lynsi01 5/8/2013 9:20:00 PM
I first got this cleanser as part of a 5-day sample kit via facebook. I had been using Purity for years. I was nervous about it since it's a gel, and typically gel cleaners are too stripping for my skin. I was actually completely surprised by this cleanser!! It's extremely soothing, removes all traces of eye makeup, and works beautifully with my Clarisonic. My skin isn't tight afterwards, and after about a month's worth of use (along with the Effaclar serum) my skin is completely clear, calm, even-toned and my pores are significantly smaller. Another bonus: for several weeks, I had been buying the travel sized Purity at $10 a pop. A tube of this cleanser is $22 at Ulta, and the tiniest pea-sized amount goes an EXTREMELY long way, so I know it'll last forever!
I read reviews on the tin before purchasing. I punched holes in the bottom of mine with a screwdriver for water and moisture to drain and it works like a charm.
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy
Lynsi01 10/2/2012 7:40:00 AM
So I'm only two days into this. I'm using the strong lengths formula, shampoo and conditioner. I usually use Wen TT but it's expensive and I've been trying to find something to allow me to extend it out more. I have an oily scalp and fine hair just past my shoulders. When I use something besides Wen I experience a lot of breakage. First, the scent is awesome. Very similar to PhytoOrganics Chromalife, which is divine. I think it's like a apple-vanilla or something like that. My hair is a greaseball in the morning, so a shampoo for me has to step up to the plate and cut the grease without killing my hair. This pearlescent shampoo actually does that! My scalp feels VERY clean but not at all stripped. The first day I used the conditioner actually on my scalp (which I usually don't do aside from Wen). My shower comb glided easily through my hair (I usually get a lot of tangles) just like Wen does. Minimal breakage! I counted maybe 3 hairs instead of like 20. My scalp rinsed cleanly, and my hair still had a lot of volume. It felt VERY light and bouncy, and my hair looked VERY healthy, even after flat ironing. And the shine was great too. My scalp was showing some grease after about 5 hours (not bad considering I used the conditioner on my scalp). So yesterday I just conditioned from the midshaft down. My hair was barely starting to get oily by the time I got home (about 12 hours after I washed it). I'm a pleasantly surprised fan of this stuff, provided it continues to perform well.
I'm a recent Lush convert. This mask is AMAZING. I'm very much a tea tree oil lover, and this does have a lot of it in there, so if you don't like tea tree this is your warning! First I love how it's so freshly made that you have to keep it in the fridge. It is SOOO soothing when it goes on cold! They say not to let it dry, but I do all the time. I'll leave the stuff on for half an hour! It dramatically reduces any active acne I may have (which this and the fresh farmacy have practically eradicated), takes away redness, and makes my skin very smooth. This has definitely become a staple in my routine. And it's only $7.
Been using this for about a week, with my Clarisonic. It's a lovely cleanser! I've been a long time Purity Made Simple user. I have combo/dry skin with breakouts, so I wanted a cleanser that would treat BOTH issues, not just one. Plus I didn't want to keep spending an arm and a leg on cleanser... I took off one lippie because it doesn't really remove makeup. And it stung my eyes when I attempted it. However, I will gladly use a makeup remover and plan to continue use of this. My skin feels PERFECTLY balanced after using this. Not tight or dry, or heavy either. And my skin is less red immediately afterwards. My breakouts have shrunk to nothing and for the FIRST time ever I don't have any dry patches!!!! My skin has gotten VERY clear in less than a week. I can't beat the price either. I've been using a sample, which was a decent chunk that would probably last me close to a month! Who knows how long the actual bar will last, and at only about $10!!! Give it a shot! Lush is generous with their samples!
OMG this fizzy pink ball is heaven! It was my first ever purchase from Lush (along with the robot bomb for my DS). I couldn't smell it strongly in the store, but once it hit the hot water OMGGGGGGGGGGGG it smelled SO good. I've always loved lavender, but this was like lavender and vanilla spicy warmth yummy-ness! It took a while to fully dissolve, which was great because the colors swirled and darkened slowly, and then suddenly the glitter started to appear and it was literally like watching the sky at twilight having the stars slowly show up. I want a year's supply of these! I slept SO soundly afterwards!!!!
Shampoo -L'Oreal - EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
Lynsi01 1/14/2012 11:43:00 AM
Let me start off by saying I have fine hair that gets oily very quickly at the scalp. I started experimenting 4 months ago in co-washing, using everything from Wen, Suave, Aussie, etc. Despite my best efforts, I would still be greasy about 4 hours after cleansing. My hopes were that cowashing would balance out my scalp. Enter Evercreme. First, the price point is great. Hella cheaper than Wen, and even cheaper than Hair One (Sally's dupe). Secondly, the fragrance is just like Dior's Hypnotic Poison (a warm, spicy vanilla). It IS highly fragranced, so if you're sensitive to scents you might want to pass. Since my hair is a greaseball by morning, it takes a lot of product to get it clean. I have to use about 10 pumps for my just-past-shoulders hair. I massage it into my scalp thoroughly, and don't get much lather the first go round. I comb it through (it gives excellent slip for my hair) and leave it in a few minutes. Then I rinse, and repeat with less product (about 5 pumps). It usually lathers a bit more, but it definitely is a low-lather product. Comb through, then rinse again. Then I usually blow dry with a round brush. Using Evercreme, my hair is full, bouncy, SO incredibly shiny, and smooth. And best of all, it stays less oily all day! Yes, by morning I still have to cleanse, but as long as it gets me through a 12 hour work day I'm happy! Overall, I'm really in love with this product. L'oreal, if you're reading this, PLEASE make a 32oz size!!!! **1/24/12 UPDATE** I just bought my 3rd bottle because I don't want to run out. My hair still is amazing using this product! And still less oily!! I find I don't have to use as much product as I needed at first, an added bonus! And I still really hope they make a 32oz size! **10/10/12 UPDATE** I stopped using this a while ago. Started to get greasy again, and my ends dried out. Went back to Wen for a while and now I'm using Clear Strong Lengths
Cleansers -Philosophy - the microdelivery exfoliating wash
Lynsi01 12/11/2011 12:39:00 PM
I got this as part of a QVC deal of 32oz sizes of both Purity and Microdelivery. I've been a Purity + Clarisonic user for 2 years. Lately though, my skin's been a little dull and rough, and I've had more breakouts. I've used this cleanser now several times, and I'm pretty impressed. While I won't liken its use to an actual peel, I am very pleased! It's very gentle on the skin, and I've even used it with my clarisonic for a deeper treatment without irritation. It leaves my skin very smooth, and it's whisked away all my dry patches. It doesn't make my skin feel tight afterwards, either. After about a week and a half, my skin is radiantly clear and smooth to the point where I'm actually ok leaving the house without makeup! That's something I've never done before. I'm excited I got this. I'm looking forward to continued results by using it every morning! **UPDATE: So after each time I used this I began to get little irritation bumps/zits. Stopped using.
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum Express The Falsies Flared
Lynsi01 12/11/2011 12:34:00 PM
I got this because I *adore* the regular waterproof Falsies, so I figured the flared would be even better, and a little easier to remove. I am SORELY disappointed in this product. The brush is different, but not in a good way. It doesn't give my lashes a good shape at ALL. I have really long lashes, and this gives them zero curl. And it flakes and smears really badly. I'm going back to the regular waterproof falsies.
Conditioner -Aussie - Cleanse and Mend Conditioner
Lynsi01 11/9/2011 7:05:00 PM
I got the big pump sized bottle for around $5. Awesome value. I purchased it because I've recently been trying co-washing and after reading some reviews on here, figured this would be great since I have an oily scalp. I used the Wen method of cleansing with this, and OMG. In the past 10 days, I have used Wen (6oz from ebay for $15), Hair One (16oz for $11) and this. Aussie wins hands down. Better smell, better value, my roots are STILL clean from any greasies 7 hours later. Usually the longest I could go with Wen or Hair One was about 5 hours, give or take. Not only are my roots still awesome, it gave terrific body and bounce, and my ends are REALLY soft. My fingers can run through my hair no problem. My hair is still shiny, maybe not *quite* as shiny as Wen made it, but shiny enough! I think I'll be sticking with this for quite a while, and use the other ones once a week for more conditioning. **Update** It seems like after a while, this does tend to build up/get a little waxy. It's great for every once in a while, but I've converted to Loreal's Evercreme CC for daily use. I'm using this up on my son's hair instead.
Hair -Sacha Cosmetics - Sally - Hair One Hair Cleanser and Conditioner
Lynsi01 11/7/2011 1:13:00 PM
This is my initial review on Hair One, Cucumber Aloe. I've been using Wen for a week (got some on ebay), feel free to look at my review for that as I'll be comparing. Just used it this morning. The first thing I noticed is the fragrance is stronger than Wen. Cucumber far from my favorite fragrance in the world, but I didn't buy Hair One for the smell. Very similar in consistency, despite having different ingredients. I followed the directions exactly, aside from rinsing out the few extra pumps that were meant for a leave-in. I found that when I added water to it, it did get more 'frothy' than Wen does, but it felt a little more like a regular shampoo that way. My hair was really greasy before I washed it (I have an oily scalp, and Wen-ning has made it a bit worse as my scalp adjusts. With Wen, I'm getting greasy after 4 hours or so), but felt really really clean afterwards. My ends felt a bit drier than they do with Wen. I styled my hair as normal, blowdrying with a round brush. My hair had just as much body and bounce as it does with Wen. Close to the same shine. The ends don't feel quite as sleek as they do with Wen, but they're still soft. I'll update later as the day progresses. Aside from wanting to see how my oily scalp holds out, I think this is a good alternative to Wen. If I did use a little as a leave in my ends wouldn't have any dry feeling. I'll probably mix this with Wen tomorrow. With both Hair One and Wen, I don't feel the need for it to be in a pump container, unless you buy a really large size. I understand they like to measure the amount by number of pumps, but you could also say "Squeeze a golfball sized amount in your palm" and get more out of the container. To be continued! ****UPDATE 12/1**** Well I've really been on a co-washing kick the past several weeks. I find myself going to Hair One less and less. While my hair looks alright after it, it's not nearly as shiny or bouncy as when I use other conditioners. Doesn't feel as moisturized, either. Now, all of this I could forgive if it kept the greasies at bay, but about 4-5 hours later, still greasy. I probably won't repurchase, and might put it up for swap.
Hair -Wen by Chaz Dean - Cleansing Conditioner, Cucumber Aloe
Lynsi01 11/4/2011 12:53:00 PM
I have fine, dense combination hair: dry ends and an oily scalp. Usually my roots are greasy by 2pm. I care more about controlling the oil than smoothing the ends. This is my day 2 of using Wen exclusively. I have been conditioner-cleansing my hair for a few days now after watching one of Chaz Dean's tutorials on youtube. I bought this cleansing conditioner on ebay, 6oz for $14.99 plus shipping. Expensive? Hell yes, considering that in two days the amount of product has dropped from the top by almost an inch. And I haven't even been using the amount of pumps as instructed, I just go by how my hair feels. When you use this product, you can really tell if you need more or not. This is how I have been using it: 1) drench hair with water. While water is rinsing over your hair, massage your scalp as if you were shampooing for a minute or two. 2) I get about a half dollar sized amount, rub it between my fingertips, and tackle my scalp. I scrub it in, concentrating on where I get oily first (usually around the hairline and at the crown). 3) I add a bit more conditioner, maybe two pumps, and scrub in on the sides some more and the back of my head. I also ponytail up my hair and smooth it through my ends 4) I use a shower comb, starting from the ends and combing up, then comb from my roots to my ends. I leave it on while I wash/shave, etc. 5) I rinse like mad, using my shower comb while running water through. I spend probably a good 4-5 minutes rinsing. 6) depending on how my ends feel, I might add a little bit more to the ends and rinse again. Now, in comparing this to using just another conditioner as a shampoo (I had been using Biolage's scalptherapie), I will say that with Wen my hair is shinier (it's actually SUPER shiny compared to using shampoo and conditioner), more manageable (like I can actually run my fingers through it, couldn't do that before), and is very bouncy and clean. I think the other conditioner gave a bit more volume at the roots, but I still have volume nonetheless. My hair just looks REALLY healthy, kind of like a Pantene commercial. Yesterday was my first day using Wen, and I did have some spots start to look greasy, but I don't think I did as good of a job with it in the shower. I probably didn't use as much as I should have. We'll see what the rest of today holds. As far as scent, there really isn't much of one that lingers in the hair. My hair just smells clean. You can feel the mint working, but it's not very intense. Overall, so far so good, but I might be able to just use the other conditioner in rotation with this in order to save some $$$$. I'll update later. Update: my roots definitely get oily faster using Wen than the Biolage Scalptherapie, but they don't start out that way, which leads me to believe that I am using enough product. I might have to try some sort of combo of the two to get the results I want. I'll probably give Hair One a try too. Updated Update: I've officially become a Wen girl. I actually bought a gallon of this. I've tried the POM, Lav, and TT formulas as well. TT is my other favorite. My hair is super healthy, and the oil has begun to regulate!!! I won't be without my Wen!
I bought Batiste a while ago, and just rediscovered it on my linen closet's shelf. I usually use my Suave dry shampoo with awesome results, but I decided to give this stuff a whirl again. What a regret! It smelled like an old man, and my hair instantly went clumpy and got a white cast to it. After brushing through (praying it would look better) it just looked greasier. I wound up using my Suave over it. I know MUAers have some serious love for this stuff, but I don't understand it. I'm sticking with my Suave. It works better and is about $4 cheaper. And doesn't smell like an old dirty man.
I've tried about every dry shampoo on the market. THIS WINS HANDS DOWN! Tresseme's was crap, clumped up my hair. Batiste did the same thing. I had been using Oscar Blandi's Pronto (in powder form) but it was messy. A friend suggested this, and I'm floored. It's dirt cheap, and it's the only one that actually makes my hair looks freshly washed. The scent can be a little bit off-putting, but it's not really unpleasant. Kinda pineapple-tangerine-y, but it doesn't seem to last a long time on me. Now they just need to make a travel sized version to keep in my purse!